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posted. >>> we turn now to another celebrity story, sort of. staying in full character, comedian stephen colbert testified as an expert witness on capitol hill now the star brought his own version of truthness. colbert mocked those who claim that immigrants are taking away jobs from americans and here is his full testimony. >> my name is stephen colbert and i am an american citizen. it is an honor and a privilege to be here today. congressman lofgren asked me to share my vast experience spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i am happy to use my celebrity to draw the tension to this important complicated issue and i certainly hope my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. as we've heard this morning, america's farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. now, the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. and if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you'll see that many americans have already started. unfortunately, my gastrointurologist has informed me in no uncertain terms that they
have your producer inside the courthouse. >>> crowded cameras and reporters flanked stephen colbert heading into congress this morning but one lawmaker did not think that was so appropriate and actually asked the tv personality to leave. >> i'm asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> happy to do so. i'm only here at your invitation. >> nbc news correspondent luke russert is on capitol hill. luke, if nothing else, colbert is definitely bringing to our attention this issue that touches on a lot of things of concern to a lot of americans right now, immigration, jobs, and our food. >> right. stephen colbert testified before a subcommittee about immigration. he was talking about the plate of a lot of undocumented farm workers in the country, a lot of the folks that pick the apples and oranges that we use every day of our lives. what he was trying to get to, quote, migrant workers suffer have no right. he was a little comedic but he was also serious. take a listen. >> i've got to ask why isn't the government doing anything? maybe this ag job
conditions on these farms and eventually americans may consider taking these jobs again. >> stephen colbert taking his act to capitol hill to testify on the house subcommittee hearing on immigrant farm labor. it was part comedy part policy, but not everyone in washington is laughing. we'll bring in john harwood, cbs's chief washington correspondent. i don't know about you, i found parts hysterically funny. >> i was not laughing actually, alex. i'm a fan of stephen colbert and is very funny on his show, but it seems to me that a congressional hearing is not the place for that kind of humor. i understand the reason why members of congress want to try to bring attention to the issue and thought his celebrity could help them do that, especially with young people, for example, who don't pay attention to politics. but i'm not sure it succeeded in doing that. it seemed to me that it ended up mocking congress more than it brought attention to the issue. >> but john, if the point is to bring attention to it and engage the younger people and get younger people fired up about the issue to get somethin
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